(Hawaii Tribune-Herald). The Hawaii County furlough program is over. “Furlough Fridays” for 1,600 county employees came to an end last Friday, marking the close of an effort to save money in the county budget. Affected workers experienced a 9.23 percent pay cut that saved the county approximately $7 million. Despite some inconvenience, Personnel Director Ron Takahashi said there were no negatove comments about the furlough program.
(Hawaii Tribune-Herald). Hawaii County Council Chairman Dominic Yagong has called an emergency meeting Friday to vote on whether the council should hire an independent attorney to verify the legality of the amended county budget. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in Hilo and will be available through videoconference at the Waimea council office and at the West Hawaii Council office. The special meeting comes as the council faces a 30 June deadline to override Mayor Billy Kenoi’s budget veto.
(Hawaii Tribune-Herald). UH-Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney says UH-Hilo has begun to cut classes to deal with an expected $4 million shortfall in state funding. Straney said the UH system office is working on allocations to each of its campuses, and those figures won’t be made public until the end of summer. The chancellor said UH-Hilo department heads have already made reductions in their programs on the expectation that they will receive less support than in previous years.
(Big Island Video News). On Sunday, 19 June 2011, seven voyaging canoes representing Tahiti, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, New Aotearoa, New Guinea, Vanuatu, Kiribati, and the Solomon Islands paid a brief visit to Hilo Bay. “Big Island Video News” reporter Stephanie Salazar was there and filed this report.062111-Voyaging canoes visit Hilo
(Stephens Media). State Department of Transportation representative Daniel Meisenzahl says there’s no guarantee that the higher weight tax and registration fees now imposed on Hawaii drivers will go directly for road maintenance. Meisenzahl says the special highway maintenance program has been raided several times during the past two decades for a variety of purposes. Lagging road maintenance was the reason transportation officials asked for the tax increases. Weight tax increases will add about $32.9 million to the highway fund, while registration fees will add around $20 million to the fund.
(Hawaii 24/7). When the Special Olympics World Summer Games kick off on 25 June in Athens, Greece, the Big Island will be well represented. Louie Perry, a graduate of Pahoa High School, will likely compete in the 1,500 meter and 3,000 meter runs. He may also run a leg on the 4 by 400 relay. Just a couple of weeks ago, Perry picked up three gold medals and a silver medal in the Hawaii State Special Olympics games.
(Hawaii 24/7). Palani Road near the Henry Street intersection will remain closed until 03 July. As part of the ongoing Palani Road widening project, underground utility lines will be installed at several locations across Palani Road at the Henry Street intersection. Construction crews will be working in the area from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays. Detours and delays should be anticipated. Motorists are asked to enter and exit Henry Street from the Queen Kaahumanu Highway.
(Hawaii 24/7). Average retail gasoline prices in Hawaii have risen 1.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.03 per gallon as of Sunday. Including the change in gas prices in Hawaii during the past week, prices on Sunday were 59.8 cents per gallon higher than the same day a year ago.
(Hawaii Police Department). During the week 13 June through 19 June, Big Island police arrested 29 motorists for drunk driving. Five of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. Three were under the age of 21. So far this year, there have been 683 DUI arrests compared with 723 during the same period last year, a decrease of 5.5 percent.
Hawaii state news briefs:
(AP). Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie is seeking resignations from members of five key state boards and commissions who were appointed by former Republican Governor Linda Lingle, while leaving his appointees in place. Abercrombie’s office confirmedd to the Associated Press that he asked for voluntary resignations from 28 people last week.
(AP). Honolulu police are asking for help in searching for a man who allegedly posed as an FBI agent and sexually assaulted a woman. Police said that the man knocked on the door of the woman’s apartment on 30 May and identified himself as an FBI agent before telling her she was under arrest and taking her behind the apartment complex where he sexually assaulted her.
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Kaiser Permanente’s Waimea Clinic will hold a free child car seat inspection on Friday, 24 June, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Certified technicians will inspect car seats to make sure they are properly installed. Check-ups will be done by appointment only….call 933-4587.
The Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual installation of officers and board of directors and its general membership meeting on Monday, 27 June, 5:30 p.m., at the Hilo Yacht Club. For reservations, call the chamber office at 935-7178.
Parker Ranch will celebrate its 49th Annual Independence Weekend Rodeo and Horse Races on Monay, 04 July, at the Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena in Waimea. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the gate. Pre-sale tickets are available now at the Parker Ranch Store in the Parker Ranch Center in Waimea. For details, call 885-5669.
The Big Island Auto Clubl presents its June Points Meet this weekend at the Hilo Drag Strip. Gates open at 7L00 a.m. Pro-Gas index racing will be held on Saturday. E T Bracket racing will be held on Sunday.
The East Hawaii Cultural Center presents a “Play Guitar Summer Workshop” on Wednesday, 22 June, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Join Fletcher Epperson in beginner guitar lessons. For details, call the center at 961-5l711.
Hawaii County has organized an exciting new program for students in grades 5 through 8 called “Lawakua Nui”. The program was designed to fill a gap in Pop Warner football that didn’t allow 4th 5th, and 6th graders over 125 pound and everyone over 160 pounds to play. The program will kick-off with a free motivational life skills and sports training camp this Wednesday at the Old Kona Airport and at Hilo’s Wong Stadium o Wednesday, 29 June. For details, call Mason Souza at 961-8740, extension 23.
Hawaii Island weather for Tuesday, 21 June 2011:
Hilo and vicinity– partly sunny. Numerous showers this morning. Scattered showers in the afternoon. Kailua-Kona and vicinity–Hazy…sunny this morning…then becoming mostly cloudy this afternoon with scattered showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs 78 to 83. Lows67 to l72. Trade winds 10 to 20 mph.
Hawaii Island surf forecast for Tuesday, 21 June 2011:
A high surf advisory remains in effect for south facing shores.
Hapuna Beach breaks–flat. Kona and Banyans–1-2. Ka’u and Pohoiki–2-3. Hilo and Honolii–1-3. Keaukaha-1. Hamakua and North Kohala–2-3.